...I Care Because You Do

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...I Care Because You Do is an ambient-techno album by Richard D. James, more commonly known by his pseudonym of Aphex Twin. The album was released on April 25, 1995 (see 1995 in music).

The album is quite different from his previous acid house, ambient, and general techno pursuits in the past. It features long, repetitive tracks performed on analogue synthesizers and drum machines, and occasionally features string pieces. It is generally considered that this album marks the end of Richards' first analogue era (see also Analord), as the following album, Richard D. James Album, was composed exclusively on an Apple computer.


The album was followed up by two remix EPs for "Ventolin", one of the harshest tracks on the album, making predominant use of a high-piched frequency that asthmatics hear when they overdose on Salbutamol. The four song EP Donkey Rhubarb features an orchestral version of "Icct Hedral" arranged by Philip Glass.

Only one promotional music video was made for any of the tracks. The Ventolin Video features footage of spinning vents, a woman trapped in an elevator, and a Salbutamol dispenser.

It is also speculated that the tracks "At The Heart of It All" and "The Beauty of Being Numb", which were created by James for the Nine Inch Nails remix EP Further Down the Spiral were created during the recording sessions for this album, as both songs sound similar to James' style at the time, and both were released at the same time.

Track listing

Each track is listed in James' own handwriting, with this odd capitalization (or lack thereof), followed by a circle with the year it was originally recorded:

  1. "Acrid Avid Jam Shred" {1994} -- anagram of "Richard David James"
  2. "The Waxen pith" {93} -- anagram of "The Aphex Twin"
  3. "Wax the nip" {90} -- anagram of "Aphex Twin"
  4. "Icct Hedral (edit)" {94}
  5. "VENTOLIN (Video Version)" {94}
  6. "COME ON YOU SLAGS!" {90}
  7. "Start as you mean to go on" {93}
  8. "Wet tip hen ax" {94} -- anagram of "T(h)e Aphex Twin"
  9. "mookid" {94}
  10. "Alberto Balsalm" {94}
  11. "cow cud is a twin" {94} -- anagram of "Caustic Window"
  12. "next heap with" {93} -- anagram of "The Aphex Twin"

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